Slow communication – My personal favorites

In October I wrote a post on slow communication. Today I’d like to share with you some of my favorite blogs and podcasts where people still take the time to explore their subjects in detail:


  • Zeronaut: This dutch blog is pretty much my radar for what’s going on in the world when it comes to sustainability. A diversity of writers give their views on, and share stories from sustainable actions gobally.
  • The Guardian Sustainable BusinessThis section from  the Guardian provides key insights in sustainable entrepreneurship today. It’s a great blog to get a view on where we stand and what’s to come in the near future (don’t expect to much long term business vision though).
  • Seth’s blog: With one post every single day, including weekends and holidays, you can hardly place this blog under the title of slow communication. But Seth takes the time to explore his thoughts and share them with the world. I’m following this blog for several years now, and Seth’s view on the future of entrepreneurship keeps inspiring me on an almost daily base.
  • Design Thinking: Change by design. This blog by IDEO explores how creativity works and the power of asking the right questions. Great stuff if you want to stay up-to-date with design-methodology.
  • 99U: In the same area as IDEO’s Design Thinking, there’s 99U. With a focus more on making ideas happen rather than creativity as such. Also great for small stories and inspiration from other blogs.
  • P2P Foundation’s blog: This blog by Michel Bauwens peer-to-peer foundation will provide you with trends and insights from eco-pioneers in their field. Great for inspirational cases, manifests, studies, movements and so on. Often very bottom-up and informal, ideal for spotting trends.


I only recently discovered the joy of podcasts and listening to lectures while working. You can compare it with attending classes without paying to much attention. You’ll unconsciously pick up some key insights and learn like that. The big difference however is that these classes are given by some of the most interesting people and experts you’ll ever learn. I listen to my podcasts via iTunes, mostly because it also hosts iTunesU, which is basicaly every course you’ll ever want to follow, from the best universities, for free.

  • Good Life Project: My all-time favorite blog and podcast is probably Jonathan Fields Good Life Project. A blog where Jonathan invites people over to talk about their work and beliefs. What I like most about this blog is the time Jonathan takes for his guests to explain their ideas in detail. Great as podcast, even better on video.
  • Center For Social Innovation (Standford University): This podcast is a great place if you want to learn more from today’s leaders in social and sustainable entrepreneurship. Want to learn from Patagonia’s CEO Yvon Chouinard how to lead an organization sustainable, or how the One Laptop Per Child-program came into existence? You’ll find it here.
  • HBR IdeacastThis podcast will provide you weekly with interviews with the leading minds in management.
  • Unmistakable CreativeGreat podcasts that interviews people trying to start more than just a business. If you’re looking for other great purpose-driven entrepreneurs, you’ll find them here.
  • Stuff you should knowFun podcast with various topics. Not always interesting, but great podcast to learn about subjects you didn’t know existed or weren’t interested in before.
  • Accidental Creative: They call themselves an ‘arms dealer for the creative revolution”. A podcast that’s about sharing ideas and giving insights on creativity and entrepreneurship (and how those two can enforce each other).

About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.

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